Since Apple’s M2 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are already available for purchase, consumers’ attention has shifted to the company’s desktop products, specifically the Mac Pro and the Mac mini.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has shared some new information on Apple’s forthcoming Mac lineup and what it implies for the next round of M2 chips on the Max Tech YouTube channel.
In terms of the M2 chip, Gurman expects the same versions as the M1 — Pro, Max, and Ultra, with a possible additional Extreme model for the Mac Pro — but does not believe it will transition to a 3nm process as has been rumoured. He believes the M3 chips will be the first to use the next generation process in late 2023 or early 2024.
It’s safe to say that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will both receive M2 upgrades when they hit the shelves in the fall of 2015. Gurman anticipates the new laptops to acquire M2 Pro and M2 Max processors with the next refresh but no additional features, like the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The Mac mini is also expected to receive an upgrade this fall. The M1 Mac mini and the higher-end Intel version will also get M2 and M2 Pro chips from Apple, according to Gurman, but he doesn’t believe the computers will be redesigned as previously reported. He remarked that Apple’s decision to release a new Mac mini design following the launch of the Mac Studio would be strange.
Gurman explains that Apple had planned to offer an M1-based Mac Pro months ago but scrapped it in favor of working on a model with an M2, which is the successor to the M1. As a result of production and supply constraints, he expects Apple will debut the high-end workstation next year.
A Face ID for Mac is still a long way off, according to Gurman’s estimations. It is unlikely that the M2 MacBook Pro will get the notch very soon, despite its inclusion. In fact, he believes that the most expensive iMac models will be the first to benefit. For this to happen, Gurman believes that Apple will not include the M2 processor in the all-in-one machine.